Long Valley Yurts at Great Langdale

UK England Lake District Cumbria

Long Valley Yurts, Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9JU
Magical Morrocan yurt glamping in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
“An Englishmen, a Viking and a Moroccan…” It may sound like the start of an odd joke, but this unusual combination is precisely the inspiration behind Long Valley Yurts. The location, Great Langdale, is as English as they come – owned by the National Trust and snuggled between the mighty peaks of the Lake District. Yet the name originates from the ancient Viking settlers whose language has been scattered about the region, with “Langdale” meaning long valley in ancient Norse. Then there’s the Moroccan influence – the yurts themselves – beautifully crafty and finished in the original, ornate Turkmen style. Laugh out loud punch line it is not. But it makes for one hell of a campsite.

In fact, Great Langdale has been plastered across the pages of Cool Camping guidebooks since our very first publication, such is the splendour of its setting, but it’s this new glamping aspect that has struck a chord with visitors to the mighty mountains today. Pinned between the Langdale Pikes – two distinct peaks over 700m high – Long Valley Yurts is situated on a private slice of the already established campsite, with three fantastic yurts on offer.

Inside, a combination of beds and futons sleeps up to six people, while a toasty wood-burning stove ensures some extra comfort during the cooler twilight hours. Moroccan style rugs are spread across the wooden floors and a fully equipped kitchen (with gas hobs and oven) features all the cookware you could need. Solar powered LED lighting is provided, but most of the time natural brightness pours through the central crown in the roof, a brilliant traditional aspect of the design, combined with the sturdy ash-carved frames that mean the structure can withstand the best of British weather. When darkness falls you can stay in the warm but still enjoy exceptional stargazing through the ceiling; it’s a true joy to behold.

Beyond the privacy of your abode, being on a larger site has its merits. Along with fantastic facilities and a well-stocked shop, there’s a bunch of maps in the Great Langdale reception showing you the easier routes around the valley. The starting point for the Langdale Pikes walk is just a short stroll away, while England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, is also within walking distance (though the round trip on foot from the campsite is a full days hike). Plus, if it all becomes too much, there’s a collection of pubs vying for your attention. Stay for a long weekend and visit a different one each night!

Long Valley Yurts also have two other sites – Low Wray (slightly further south in the Lake District) and Knotlow Farm in the Peak District.

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